Data is a valuable asset for understanding the needs of students. While educators’ personal perspectives and insights are invaluable resources, data can also support their work. Student-centered data collection and response procedures will allow schools to gather and analyze critical data on the needs, interests, and experiences of students and their families.
With tools like Copilot Elevate from PERTS and Cultivate from the University of Chicago, this data can be used to adjust school policies and practices as needed. When educators have access to data and structures are created to allow them to regularly review and implement feedback, their decisions become more informed and student voices are more effectively taken into account.